Title/Department: Doctoral Candidate, Civil Society and Community Studies
Morgan Smallwood’s research interests focus on pursuing participatory action research and socially transformative evaluation across communities. She is especially interested in places where distinct communities intersect and the relationships, which develop in those spaces. She plans to utilize research based intervention methods to facilitate conflict resolution and community cohesion across a variety of settings. She hopes to continue her studies of the Middle East and cultures and languages associated with the region. Morgan is interested in bringing the evidence of rigorous research into the public realm and utilizing it to promote reconciliation.
Education and Relevant Experience
Morgan is a PhD student in Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She obtained her B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2012. Her specialty was in Transnational Cultures and Identities with a focus on language and cultures of the Middle East. Morgan also has a background in nonprofit management and community organizing, and has worked in a variety of settings both domestic and international. She has experience working on the boards of several interfaith groups and worked to develop a Davis Peace Project curriculum to promote interfaith understanding among youth in post conflict Bosnia Herzegovina. She has also worked in development for refugees in Cairo, Egypt, and served on the staff of Special Olympics and Feed the Children. As a practitioner, her specialties were in development, community engagement and program management. Her work has consistently centered on a community development model which seeks to benefit ostracized or underserved groups in society. She plans to carry the knowledge gained in her community work into her future research pursuits.